Wheatland’s October 2020 auction concluded over the weekend and, unsurprisingly, a pair of autographed Babe Ruth 1933 Goudey cards once again led the way.
Part of the famous “Uncle Jimmy Collection,” the two Ruth cards sold for a combined $725,700.
The biggest prize of the two was an immaculate signed card of Ruth’s iconic No. 181 card from the set. The card received a technical grade of a PSA 4 and the autograph grade was a PSA 8. That card earned $436,600 and was easily the highest-priced item in the auction.
Wheatland’s offering also included two Lou Gehrig 1933 Goudey cards. While one had been enhanced and traced over, resulting in a lesser sale of $21,830, a PSA 2.5 with an autograph grade of PSA 8 was the highest of only three PSA examples and sold for $194,700.
Other notable cards from the sale, included a Jimmie Foxx PSA 5 with a PSA 8 autograph grade, which sold for $29,500. Signed Goudey cards of Hall of Famers Dizzy Dean and Tony Lazzeri also topped $10,000.
So far, there have been a total of nine Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed 1933 Goudey cards from the “Uncle Jimmy Collection” sold, netting his heirs a total of $2,057,330 across Wheatland’s July, August, and October auctions.
The collection featured thousands of items, including high-grade unsigned cards from a collection that spanned seven decades but was largely unknown to the hobby until family members began working with Wheatland to sell what their uncle had left behind.